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Jason Boog is the editor of GalleyCat and managing editor of AppNewser. His writing has appeared at The Believer, NPR Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Peace Corps Writers. Click here to email. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Self Published Author Jennifer Lyon Among Top Paid iBooks

propositionJennifer Lyon was the only self-published author to make Apple’s list of top paid books in the iBooks this week.

The Proposition took the No. 14 spot. We’ve included the complete list of the top paid iBooks below.

You can discover more independent authors in our weekly Self Published Bestsellers list.

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New Publisher Dedicated to International Literature

restlessbooksInspired by a New York Times opinion piece, a international literature publisher Restless Books has opened its doors.

Last year, publisher Ilan Stavans and executive editor Joshua Ellison wrote an essay for  about how “we have turned travel into something ordinary.” The new publishing house will include books written by authors around the world, changing our views on travel.

What defines us is right there in our name: the restlessness of modern life, the impulse to go to new places, both physically and with our imagination. Our objective is to create a community of readers passionate about other cultures and other languages; who share an interest in how people tell stories. We are committed to bringing the best of international literature—fiction, journalism, memoirs, poetry, travel writing, photography, and graphic novels.

Amazon Green Lights Michael Connelly TV Pilot

Michael ConnellyAmazon Studios has ordered a two-hour long pilot for Bosch, a TV series based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch book series. The Wire writer Eric Overmyer will work on the project with Connelly.

Here’s more about the project, from the release:

Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver (ArgoThe Good Wife) and the pilot will also star Annie WerschingAmy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector.Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) is producing and Jim McKay will direct.

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World’s Creepiest Reading of Goodnight Moon

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Graywolf Press has released a recording of Benjamin Percy reading Goodnight Moon in his incredibly distinctive voice.

Percy manages to make the reading of Margaret Wise Brown‘s book both chilling and hilarious at the same time. Check it out:

Bedtime stories are supposed to settle the mind and calm the nerves. Benjamin Percy’s rendition of Goodnight Moon, however, will keep you up at night. If you’ve ever heard Percy, the author of Red Moon and The Wilding, read, you know that he has a voice like no other. His storybook reading is enough to give you nightmares. Happy Halloween from Graywolf Press! Don’t forget to check under the bed.

Journalist Reflects on Future of New Orleans Times-Picayune

hellAuthor and journalist Rebecca Theim wrote about the future of a famous newspaper in Hell and High Water: The Battle to Save the Daily New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The book is out this month, and we caught up with the journalist to find out more about the book and how Mediabistro’s courses helped her write the story.

Her answers follow below…

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Tools for Video Game Writers

Do you want to explore the world of video game writing?

Developer Kent Hudson will soon publish his independent video game, The Novelist (trailer embedded above). We caught up with Hudson, getting some advice for aspiring video game writers:

If someone was looking to experiment with games, there is a free tool called Twine. It basically is a story tree. It is presented as a web page, so you can create little HTML stories. You can give the player as many choices as you want: Do you open the letter? Do you walk out the door? You can create however many branches you want. They pick one, and go to a new branch. When you are using the tool, it is actually visually mapped out. It’s really easy, simple and cheap to use.

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What Would You Write To Your 13 Year Old Self?

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Artist and author Allie Brosh wrote letters to younger versions of herself in her new book, including a letter to herself when she was at the bewildering age of thirteen years old.

What would you write in a letter to your younger self? Bosh published Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened this month.

In May, Brosh returned to her popular site for the first time since 2011 with an illustrated essay about depression. She also created a separate book site for her upcoming collection.

 

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Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book?

recordplayerHave you ever quoted song lyrics in your book? Music can set the mood, evoke a certain setting or channel a particular emotion.

However, writers need to be aware of copyright issues surrounding music in books. We caught up with Copyright Clearance Center‘s author and creator relations director Christopher Kenneally, discovering the key questions authors should ask before including a song. Kenneally explained:

Consider not quoting the song. Lyrics, like all creative expression, are copyrighted. Copyright gives the author or creator the exclusive right to republication of the work. Any writer who wishes to quote lyrics, or for that matter, passages from another’s book, must obtain permission first. It’s probably worth asking how necessary or vital such quotation is to any particular creative work.

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Penelope Ward Joins Self-Published Bestsellers List

penolopeAuthor Penelope Ward took the top spot on our Self-Published Bestsellers List with Jake Undone.

To help GalleyCat readers discover self-published authors, we compile weekly lists of the top eBooks in three major marketplaces for self-published digital books: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. You can read all the lists below, complete with links to each book.

If you want more resources as an author, try our Free Sites to Promote Your eBook post, How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post and our How to Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets post.

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Win Lunch with J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

sAspiring writers and cryptographers can win a chance to have lunch with filmmaker J.J. Abrams and author Doug Dorst.

The pair collaborated on an intricate interactive book for Mulholland Books called S.. To promote the new release, the publisher has sponsored a contest testing readers with “a series of puzzles.” Read the complete contest rules at this link. Check it out:

In S., two readers work together to unearth the truth behind the mysterious author of Ship of Theseus. Along the way, they must sift through evidence and decipher a series of puzzles. If you follow their efforts in J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s new novel, you’ll be able to figure out what the following message means … Submit your decryption and explanation in the entry form below, and you could join J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst for lunch in New York City.

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